Really enjoyed this cute little spot. Food is overall interesting and some plates are smaller sizes so you can sample. Very Italian.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best gnocchi ever. The wine
Best gnocchi ever. The wine selection is fantastic as well. A cute little place that will make you want to stay and chat.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Relibable & consistently good
Last Friday was my third time at Enoteca Molinari. How nice to go to a place where the dishes are consistenly yummy. This is in my book as "reliable, yummy, quality of food."
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
I like this restaurant. The
I like this restaurant. The food is great and e wait staff even better. I love the owner who stood in parking spot to save it for me when Ihe recommended I move my car because he was afraid I'd get a ticket. It's small. The wines are wonderful. My husbands only complaint was the servings were small. Mine was fine. I had the gnocchi which was perfect.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Surprisingly excellent food
I had heard that Enoteca was good, but I was surprised by how good it was. The food is really simple, but done perfectly. I think it was the combination of herbs and really fresh ingredients. Every course (and we had four) was just superb. I was really surprised by how much we enjoyed our meal. And the wine -- and wine recommendations -- were excellent. I will go back. Perfect for a date night but not good for groups since the place is really small.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stellar food in modern space
Excellent food in every category. Highly recommend.
Small space but inviting, can actually talk w/o shouting!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, super friendly wait staff, great Italian wine list. Small quiet and clean. We love it.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful but small in Rockridge
Enoteca Molinari was such a treat! The crostini con scamorza e friarielli (broccoli rabe on toast) was delicious, the meats and cheeses amazing, and the gnocchi very good. I would definitely go back.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent date night!
A neighborhood restaurant we were excited to discover! The room is tiny, but well-appointed and warm, with a welcoming bar. The service was friendly and professional. The food was fresh and simple (in a good way). We ordered appetizers (carciofi and salumi - both excellent), then fresh pea and potato soup (fresh and complex), and finally salmon and pork saltimbocca (both delicious). Wine by the glass was paired beautifully to each course. The wine list (mostly Italian) was amazing, especially given the limited square footage! I'm Italian so I also appreciated the impeccable spelling on the menu. The price is very reasonable for the quality. It felt like we could have been in Milano or Florence. Fantastico!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
good food neighborhood spot
We went on a week day, with reservation 8ish. The restaurant was small, but not crowded. The food was excellent, and the service was good. I would go again.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent classic Italian food
Arugula salad was delicious, and orrechiette with broccoli rabe had delicious hint of bitterness with wonderfully textured pasta that made it a rich combination. Cardamom panna cotta was silky and not too sweet.
Could see this as a regular spot
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
great things come in small packages
This is a very small wine bar and Italian bistro that does get crowded, but not loud. The serving staff are among the best around. Staff are really attentive and helpful, very friendly, and very knowledgeable and have great recommendations re the wine list. This list is all Italian and includes about 2 dozen wines by the glass. Many are from small producers that are unusual on wine lists, and many are organic. The menu is short and changes frequently. There are about a half dozen antipasti options, 4 or 5 salad and soup choices, and about 5 or 6 Larger (not large) dishes. The food is delicious. Our choices included local halibut, bistecca, the tagliatelle al ragu and the fried zucchini flowers . Prices are very reasonable.
8/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Small inconspicuous Italian
Small inconspicuous Italian wine bar with limited dinner menu that delivers solidly across the board. Wait staff could not have been more friendly and well informed regarding the extensive list of Italian wines offered. The kitchen turns out surprisingly good food.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I haven't been here for over a year and remembered how good the food was ... and when I saw the menu featured orrechiete cime di rapa, I decided to have it.
I first ate this pasta dish in Puglia this past May, when I went on a cooking and eating tour of the region. This is the first time I have seen it on a menu in an American restaurant. It brought me back to the South of Italy :)
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really like Enoteca Molinari.
I really like Enoteca Molinari. We have been there multiple times. The food is consistently good. I have never had a pasta dish there where the pasta was not cooked perfectly. The preparations are interesting and creative. The restaurant is small so there is an intimacy to a meal there that adds materially to the experience. It is one of our go-to places.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have dined at the neighborhood
We have dined at the neighborhood restaurant three times since discovering it a few weeks ago and have been pleasantly surprised by the quality and consistency of the food and service each time. The Italian wine list is broad and reasonably priced. Limited seating so recommend making reservations.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small and good
This tiny restaurant has very good food and interesting choices for wine. Great for a special occasion or a quick meal after work. A good addition to Rockridge dining.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Casual Elegance at Enoteca Molinari
Had a lovely dinner there. The restaurant is tiny and intimate. Staff was great. My husband couldn't decide which wine to order, so they brought him two generous tasting options.
Food was innovative and delicious. The caprese salad was fabulous!
We'll definitely return.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed this!
What a fine little restaurant--love the spare menu that provides ample but not confusing choices. The food was great, serving sizes appropriate (as in, not TOO large), service attentive. Love the wine list and Joe was very helpful with questions we had.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truly a neighborhood gem,
Truly a neighborhood gem, you can't do wrong to eat at the marble bar or at one of tables for flavorful Italian dishes. The staff are attentive and warm and even the chef is not afraid to give you a smile as he whips up the delicate dishes.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM